Powerful People: From Mao to Now, a Reporter's 50 Year Pursuit of . . .

Powerful People: From Mao to Now, a Reporter's 50 Year Pursuit of . . .

by Roy Rowan
     
 
In this engrossing 50-year journalistic journey, Time, Life, and Fortune correspondent Roy Rowan revists powerful people who have helped shape the 20th century. Illustrations.

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In this engrossing 50-year journalistic journey, Time, Life, and Fortune correspondent Roy Rowan revists powerful people who have helped shape the 20th century. Illustrations.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Cahners\\Publishers_Weekly
Rowan, a former correspondent for Time, Life and Fortune, has raided his notebooks to produce a scrapbook of portraits, heavily weighted to his interesting experience in a changing China. As a young reporter wandering about China in 1947, he wangled his way into Life with his accounts of the rise of the Communists. He went on to report from elsewhere, including India, where he portrayed the Nizam of Hyderabad, the wealthiest man in the world in 1948, and East Germany, whose Communist leader, Walter Ulbricht, withstood the protests of his people in 1953. In the U.S., Rowan covered the Little Rock desegregation crisis, negotiated to acquire the notorious Zapruder film of JFK's assassination for Life and followed new President Gerald Ford on his maiden forays into diplomacy. He pads the book with pieces on the likes of Imelda Marcos, Frank Lorenzo and silver magnates Nelson Bunker Hunt and his brother William.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Rowan, a former correspondent for Time, Life and Fortune, has raided his notebooks to produce a scrapbook of portraits, heavily weighted to his interesting experience in a changing China. As a young reporter wandering about China in 1947, he wangled his way into Life with his accounts of the rise of the Communists. He went on to report from elsewhere, including India, where he portrayed the Nizam of Hyderabad, the wealthiest man in the world in 1948, and East Germany, whose Communist leader, Walter Ulbricht, withstood the protests of his people in 1953. In the U.S., Rowan covered the Little Rock desegregation crisis, negotiated to acquire the notorious Zapruder film of JFK's assassination for Life and followed new President Gerald Ford on his maiden forays into diplomacy. He pads the book with pieces on the likes of Imelda Marcos, Frank Lorenzo and silver magnates Nelson Bunker Hunt and his brother William. Illustrations not seen by PW. (Apr.)
Library Journal
This lively memoir reads like a novel. The first part covers Rowan's days in China in the 1940s as a reporter for Life magazine, when the Communists drove Chiang Kai-shek and the Nationalists off the mainland. Rowan went on to cover other areas of the Far East as well as Yugoslavia and Germany during the Cold War. In all these situations, he met and interviewed the people who had the power to make things happen. Home in the United States, Rowan, writing also for Time and Fortune, talked with soon-to-be President Gerald Ford, union leader Jimmy Hoffa, Imelda Marcos, and Ross Perot, among others. Rowan must have kept a very complete journal or have total recall, because he is able to recount details of meetings and conversations held years ago. He ends with a short essay on his conclusions about the qualities that make people powerful. A suitable purchase for public libraries.Rebecca Wondriska, Trinity Coll. Lib., Hartford, Ct.
Ted Leventhal
With network news obsessed with the likes of O. J. Simpson, Princess Di, and other tabloid subjects, is it any wonder the lions of American journalism have turned to their memoirs? Roy Rowan, a 50-year veteran of "Time" and "Life" magazines, recalls the famous people he has met throughout his long career. Rowan got his start as a 28-year-old China correspondent for "Life" magazine during the final days of the Chinese civil war. His book has the self-effacing, humorous style of another great "Life" reporter's memoir: Theodore White's "In Search of History" (1988). Rowan attempts to tie together his life experiences as a study of leadership. In the end, however, it is his many anecdotes that make the book memorable.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786703128
Publisher:
Avalon Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/23/1996
Edition description:
1st ed
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
6.47(w) x 9.49(h) x 1.17(d)

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